How to Make Eco-Friendly Goody Bags! - Darn Good Yarn

How to Make Eco-Friendly Goody Bags!

Want to wrap your gifts without feeling guilty about using materials destined for the trash? I have an easy, eco-friendly way for you to wrap your goodies! In this project I will show you how to make a silk goody bag without using a sewing machine! I’m using Sari Silk Fat Quarters from Darn Good Yarn. It's a useful and fun craft project for all levels, so let’s get started!

Materials needed:

  • Sari Silk Fat Quarters in Multi Pack
  • Measuring ruler
  • Fabric marker 
  • Clear fabric fusion glue
  • Pinking shears
  • Pins
  • Stapler

Helpful tips:

  • Steam iron the fabric quarters on silk or lowest setting. Spray water if needed and get rid of all the creases and folds as much as possible, so it is easy to manage the fabric.
  • Try to save a strip of fabric from the length side to get a nice long tie for the sack. About 20 inches is recommended. 
  • If you cut the fabric efficiently you can manage to get 2 sacks and 2 ties from each fabric piece.


Step 1Measure and mark the fabric into a 9 inches width and 14 inches length piece.  Mark allowances, one inch to the width side and one inch to the length side. You only need allowances for 2 sides. Now the total length of the fabric is 15 inches and the width should be 10 inches. Cut along the marked lines with pinking shears. Trim the other two sides that doesn’t have the allowances with pinking shears as well.


Step 2: Fold the fabric over from the length side which measures 15 inches, exposing the one inch allowances from the 10 inch width side. Use pins to secure. Mark 1 inch on the other side which has 2 layers of fabric and draw a line as shown. Now, this will measure 7 inches in width and 10 inches in length.


Step 3

  • Apply glue liberally along the allowance then fold the hem over and secure the seam by pressing and smoothing with fingers.
  • Repeat this on the width side and make sure to glue the extra fold/pocket too. Press and smooth all of the seams and hems to help distribute glue well. Let both the hems dry for a couple of minutes.


Step 4: Staple a bit close together along the hems. This measures 7 inches in width and 9 inches in length.


Step 5: Turn the sack inside out. This measures approximately 6 inches in width and 8 inches in length.


Step 6: Cut a strip of fabric with pinking shears, that measures 1 inch width and 20 inches in length, to tie around the Goody Sack. A good enough length is fine as long as you can make a nice bow.


Step 7: Fill it with your favorite goodies and tie around the midsection and secure with a bow

It’s a very cute and a fun way for kids of all ages to celebrate their parties and gift giving! And no plastic!!

Designed and crafted by - Harshini fernando. (